May 2020 Agenda


Digital Transparency Task Force

Fair Political Practices Commission

1102 Q Street, Suite 3800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Friday, May 29, 2020
2:00 P.M.

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Under Government Code section 11123(a), all meetings of a state body are open and public, and all persons are permitted to attend any meeting of a state body, except as otherwise provided in that article.

Pursuant to Executive Order N-29-20, certain provisions of the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act are suspended due to a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with the Executive Order, this Task Force meeting will be conducted by teleconference only. None of the locations from which Task Force Members will participate will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to observe the meeting may do so via  YouTube or via telephone by calling (877) 411-9748; access code 723284.  Members of the public who wish to comment during the meeting may do so by telephone or using the Commission’s public participation portal found at

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Richard C. Miadich, Chair and Allison Hayward, FPPC Commissioner

1. Public Comment

During this comment period, any person is invited to speak on any topic that is not listed on this agenda. Action may not be taken on any matter raised during this public comment period until the matter is specifically listed on a future agenda. Those who wish to comment on an item that has been listed on this agenda may comment when that item has been opened for consideration by the Task Force and before any action is taken.

2. Approval of April 2020 meeting minutes

3. Discussion of Digital Political Advertisement Archive

Task Force members will discuss and consider policy options concerning the archiving of paid political advertisements in CA State elections, including, but not limited to the following:

       a. Should CA create and maintain a publicly accessible online archive that contains copies of, and information about, paid political advertisements run in CA State elections?

       b. What types of “political advertisements” should be maintained in the archive? (E.g., direct buy campaign ads, independent expenditure ads, issue ads)

       c. What type of information about the advertisements should be maintained in the archive?

                i.     Copy of advertisement (including all derivations where applicable)

                ii.     Cost to create/run the advertisement

               iii.     Who paid for the advertisement

               iv.     When/where did the advertisement run

                v.     Other

       d. Who should be responsible for providing the information maintained in a publicly accessible archive of paid political advertisements?

                 i.     Entity responsible for paying for the advertisement?

                 ii.     Vendors involved in production/display of the advertisement?

       e. What types of search capabilities should the archive have?

       f.  Other issues?